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I'm a social worker from the UK who moved to São Paulo in February 2012. Blogging about the many humbling day-to-day episodes I am experiencing as I attempt to adjust to life here in Brazil. More Info

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Walking the Minhocão

November 1, 2013 by andyhpmartin

The Minhocão (known officially as Via Elevado Presidente Costa e Silva), is a 2.2 mile (3.5km) long elevated highway that perhaps exemplifies best how São Paulo came to privilege driving over walking and… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt

The walker as explorer in São Paulo’s concrete jungle

October 25, 2013 by andyhpmartin

Shortly after moving to São Paulo I started Portuguese lessons at FAAP, a university opposite the Pacaembu football stadium that is about 6km (3.5 miles) from where I live in… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt

Reading between the lines

May 6, 2013 by andyhpmartin

On Saturday, the Brazil Character Lab, a twitter profile that provides links to blogs, articles and news related to Brazil, started what became a fairly heated debate when it repeated what… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt

Mocidade throw street party to celebrate anniversary of our arrival in São Paulo.

February 3, 2013 by andyhpmartin

Back in the heady days of February 2012, when I first arrived in São Paulo, a particularly vivid memory was that of witnessing the entire Mocidade samba school march down our street as part… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt

The quirks and challenges of being a foreigner in Brazil.

January 25, 2013 by andyhpmartin

Perhaps, to my eyes at least, the only distinguishable ‘outsiders’ are those from the city’s growing Bolivian community, whom are recognisable by their distinctive indigenous features. Maybe this is because I… Read more…

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Brazil’s war on peace and quiet

January 3, 2013 by andyhpmartin

6am, Sunday 16th December 2012 I am awoken by a volley of explosions which, despite my state of half-consciousness, give the impression that some armament has been detonated somewhere in the close vicinity… Read more…

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Expat or immigrant?

December 20, 2012 by andyhpmartin

Two things happened on Tuesday (18th) that made me think a bit about my status here in Brazil. Firstly, it was International Migrants Day, a UN ‘celebration’ which member states… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt

The coolest thing about São Paulo is…

December 7, 2012 by andyhpmartin

Does anything of note stand out in the photo below? A city skyline? A beautifully crisp sunny day? An abundance of high-rise buildings? The haze of smog above them? Well… Read more…

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São Paulo to become the Paris of South America.

November 15, 2012 by andyhpmartin

The Estado do São Paulo, or Estadão, is a broadsheet newspaper with the second highest circulation in São Paulo (and fifth in Brazil), so it’s a serious source of news… Read more…

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In defence of São Paulo

November 7, 2012 by andyhpmartin

Recently a friend visited from London and I took him on a mini-trip of Brazil and Argenitna, starting in Rio and ending in Buenos Aires (and stopping off on the… Read more…

Categories: Lessons Learnt